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    Date: Sep 19, 2021
    Posted By: Paige Davis
“I’m A Survivor” isn’t just the name of an iconic, two-decade-old Reba McEntire song. Rather, in a frightening moment, the legendary vocalist was recently saved from a crumbling Oklahoma structure.

Reba was one of seven people rescued in Atoka, OK, from a hundred-year-old historic site’s second level as its stairs partially collapsed. Atoka’s Emergency Management Director Travis Mullins tells TMZ that the building was “in the middle of being renovated and the stairs were scheduled to be replaced.” After what was described as an “old-fashioned ladder rescue,” Reba and her friends were mostly okay. Unfortunately, Ashoka officials add to TMZ that the stairs leading up to the building’s third story also collapsed, trapping others higher up in the structure.

Via Twitter, a McEntire fan shared footage of the incident, noting, “Close call for @reba in Atoka, Oklahoma Tuesday (91421) Sure glad she and boyfriend Rex Linn are ok! While touring an old building, a staircase collapsed. They were among seven people inside. Atoka’s finest came to the rescue. No one hurt, just some bumps and bruises.”

In other McEntire news, the superstar is set to release the Revived Remixed Revisited box set of beloved hits on October 8. Pre-order is available now via clicking this link. In an exclusive interview with Variety, Reba shared, “I’ve been continuing to make new albums, and we really haven’t spent the time to slow down enough to revisit and work the catalog and remind people of what we’ve done in the past. I’m really a forward thinker, so that was a little out of my realm,” but when presented with this idea, she says she was thrilled. “I think it’s very important to keep the songs of mine that my fans grew up on (alive).”


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    Date: Aug 10, 2021
    Posted By: Paige Davis
Chris Stapleton, Brooks Dunn and Old Dominion were set to headline Sept. 3-5 in Panama City Beach, Fla.

The 2021 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, which was supposed to take place in September, is now scheduled for June 2022.

Headliners Chris Stapleton, Brooks Dunn and Old Dominion were originally headed to Panama City Beach, Fla., on Sept. 3-5, 2021, but theyre shifting course due to the growing COVID cases in Bay County as the delta variant spreads throughout the U.S.

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jams executive producers announced the ninth edition of the country music fest will now take place June 2-5, 2022, according to Tuesdays (Aug. 10) statement on the official website. Organizers encourage everyone to follow guidelines and protocols instituted by local public health officials, the announcement read.



    Date: Jun 02, 2021
    Posted By: Paige Davis
“It’s kind of an American song. The rain falls on everybody, but as long as you are free, everything is okay.” In a March 2021 interview with the Tennessean, singer-songwriter BJ Thomas reflected on what made his version of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David-penned country classic, “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” a timeless performance. Sadly, in a press release sent Saturday evening, the Country Music Hall of Famer’s representatives revealed that Thomas, 78, had sadly passed away.

The five-time Grammy award-winning artist who sold over 70 million albums worldwide — including eight No. 1 hit and 26 Top 10 singles — was fondly remembered as having a six-decade-long career wherein his “smooth, rich voice and unerring song sense…crossed multiple genres, including country, pop, and gospel.”

His top-sellers included the previously mentioned “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” an Oscar winner for “Best Original Song” that was most famously used in the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Other instantaneously iconic BJ Thomas songs include his 1966 cover of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” as well as 1975-released and Grammy-winning “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.”

An Oklahoma native, Thomas moved to Houston, Texas, where the blend of country traditionalists like Ernest Tubb and Hank Williams alongside early soulful rock and rollers Jackie Wilson and Little Richard, plus singing in his church choir inspired his musical aspirations. Friendships with icons including pop superstar Dionne Warwick and country music great Ronnie Milsap continued his climb. The relationship with Warwick led to his connection to Burt Bacharach and his singing “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.”

The late 1970s saw Thomas struggle with substance abuse. However, by 1976, both he and his beloved wife, Gloria, became born-again Christians. His debut gospel album, 1976’s Home Where I Belong, became the first gospel record to sell a million copies. As noted via a press release, Thomas’ voice’s “warmth and emotional timbre” was “well suited to gospel.” Furthermore, his rendition of “Amazing Grace” is considered one of the most profoundly impacting of the hymn’s many covers.

BJ Thomas is survived by his wife of 53 years, Gloria, their three daughters Paige Thomas, Nora Cloud, and Erin Moore, and four grandchildren, Nadia Cloud, Keira Cloud, Ruby Moore, and Billy Joe Moore. In the previously mentioned 2021 Tennessean interview, the Nashville Songwriters Association’s Bert Herbison told the noted vocalist, “BJ, you are one of my favorite artists of all time…When you hold the microphone, there’s just some magic, and I just want to thank you for all the years of music from all the fans.”

Regarding his own career and life, Thomas noted via his website, “All I am is just another guy. I’ve been very lucky. I’ve had a wonderful life, I’ve been a husband and a father who cherishes his children and now I’m a grandfather, and I’m motivated like all these teachers and preachers and mothers and fathers to help my kids grow up with character and self-respect. I hope that doesn’t sound too grandiose, but that’s what it comes down to. It’s what I’ve tried to do with my music and with the majority of my life.”

BJ Thomas’ funeral arrangements are forthcoming and will remain private. Instead of flowers, in-memoriam donations will be accepted by Mission Arlington, Tarrant Area Food Bank, and the SPCA of Texas.


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    Date: Apr 09, 2021
    Posted By: Paige Davis
Kane Brown will return to the road this fall, having just announced the dates for his 35-city Blessed Free Tour.

He will welcome openers Jordan Davis, Chase Rice and Restless Road for the tour, which launches Oct. 1 in Sacramento, California. The tour will also visit 29 NBA arenas along the way and will wrap on Feb. 4, 2022 in Las Vegas.

Davis will open shows on the tour in 2021, while Rice will open shows in 2022. Group Restless Road, which is signed to Brown’s 1021 Entertainment label, will open all shows on the tour.

Brown recently teamed with Chris Young on Young’s single “Famous Friends.” There are plenty more collaborations to be found on Brown’s recent EP, Mixtape, Vol. 1, which includes work with John Legend, Swae Lee and Khalid.

Pre-sale tickets for Brown’s tour go on sale on Thursday, April 8 at 10 a.m. CT at kanebrownlive.com. Tickets will go on sale to the public on April 16.


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    Date: Jan 08, 2021
    Posted By: Paige Davis
Country singer-songwriter Ed Bruce died Friday (Jan. 8) of natural causes in Clarksville, Tenn. He was 81.

Born William Edwin Bruce Jr. on Dec. 29, 1939, Bruce met with Sun Records sound engineer Jack Clement and ended up writing and recording Rock Boppin Baby for Sun Records owner Sam Phillips when he was just 17 (under the name Edwin Bruce). He began writing country hits for other stars, such as Save Your Kisses for Tommy Roe, while recording his own material that grew popular with other stars versions. Charlie Louvin recorded Bruces 1963 pop-oriented song See the Big Man Cry two years later, which reached No. 7 on Billboards Hot Country Songs chart in May 1965.

Bruce tallied 35 total hits on Billboards Hot Country Songs chart in his career. He first debuted on the chart dated Jan. 14, 1967, with Walker’s Woods, which later peaked at No. 57, and scored his first and only No. 1 single 15 years later with You’re the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had. The latter also earned him his first of an eventual six top 10s. His classic composition Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (which he co-wrote with his then-wife, Patsy) reached No. 15 in January 1976, becoming his highest-charting hit at the time. It was later covered by a number of country legends, including Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, whose duet version spent four weeks atop Hot Country Songs in 1978. Their version also crossed over onto the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 42.

He recorded under RCA and smaller labels such as WandScepter in the 1960s and later signed to multiple labels -- Monument Records in 1969, United Artists Records in 1973 and MCA Records in 1980 -- before eventually returning to RCA in 1984. Aside from music, Bruce recorded voice-overs in television and radio commercials before pursuing a fruitful acting career.

Bruce eventually landed his biggest gig as the second lead role on the NBC television revival of the 1957 Western drama Maverick, titled Bret Maverick, which ran for one year from 1981 to 1982. He played a surly lawman who co-owned a saloon with the titular character Maverick, played this time by James Garner. Bruce also wrote and recorded the shows theme song. He also hosted two of his own shows in the late 1980s: Truckin USA and American Sports Cavalcade.

Bruce was awarded the Arkansas Country Music Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2018 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


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